2011 in Review

December 31, 2011  •  1 Comment

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The life ride called 2011 is over and it seems appropriate to recount the year at Optical Harmonics. If I had to pick a word it would be “challenging.” Not so much the photography part, although it most certainly had moments of success and failure. The challenge this year was to balance the photography I enjoy with a family, farm, horse and another business during a record drought, high fuel costs and poor economy. To the extent that I succeeded please credit divine intervention and a very understanding wife.

Focusing on the photography part these are the 2011 statistics for Optical Harmonics:

  • 25 events covered.
  • 17,705 images taken.
  • 5,159 images added to the gallery.
  • 46 above average images.
  • 6 images that are very good.
  • 2 images will make it into my portfolio.
  • 5 different magazines and one calendar published our photos.

Starting 2012 with:

  • 1 set of farm images that still need to be processed.
  • 1 set of dog images that need editing.
  • 1 video project underway.
  • 19 emails that should have already been answered.
  • 17 scheduled events.

Why would anyone in their right mind spend every other weekend at trail riding events? Perhaps it’s a love of photography, horses, the great outdoors and my wife who loves to ride. All of those are true but there is something more. I think perhaps it’s the horsemen and women with their can-do attitude. Every day they ride the horse that came out of the trailer, not the one they loaded. Sometimes the horse of the day is well trained and gentle. Other days it’s a wild-eyed bronc that apparently was exchanged overnight by space aliens. With thrown shoes, broken bits, snorty horses; riding through both drought and deluge they persevered. Sometimes they showed the wisdom to know when to quit. Other times the tenacity to get back on the horse that just threw them. I continue to be amazed by these special people.

Thanks to all of you who made this year so enjoyable. And, to the ones I owe an email, image or phone call, hang in there. I’m riding the horse I was given’ and doing my best to catch up.

Best wish for a great 2012

 


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Optical Harmonics
What an awesome post…you summed it up perfectly. Thanks for being there to capture us and our beloved horses through it all.

Tracy
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